“Our once great western Christian civilization is dying. If this matters to followers of Jesus Christ, then we must set aside our denominational differences and work together to strengthen the things that remain and reclaim what has been lost. Evangelicals and Catholics must stand together to re-establish that former Christian culture and moral consensus. We have the numbers and the organization but the question is this: Do we have the will to win this present spiritual battle for Jesus Christ against secularism? Will we prayerfully and cooperatively work toward a new Christian spiritual revival ― or will we choose to hunker down in our churches and denominationalisms and watch everything sink into the spiritual and moral abyss of a New Dark Age?” - Mark Davis Pickup

Sunday, June 1, 2014


Meriam Ibrahim in prison holding newborn Maya with
20 month old son Martin sitting at her side
There may be movement in a positive direction regarding the case of persecuted Christian Meriam Ibrahim in Sudan. A report in today's Daily Mail out of the U.K.says she may be freed, but her legal team and international advocates warn that the Sudanese government officials may be lying.[1] 

People of good will have signed an online petition for her release and previous HumanLifeMatters posts linked readers to the petition. The Daily Mail article said that a petition for her release by Amnesty International, has been signed by 750,000 people.

Former British PM
Tony Blair
The Meriam Ibrahim case is horrendous! Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair is quoted as describing her treatment by the Sudanese as 'barbaric' and a sickening distortion of faith. 

We must not be too hopeful for her release. Meriam's lawyers do not believe the offer is real and that it is just a ploy to silence the growing outcry. It is imperative that people everywhere concerned for the welfare of Meriam, her 20 month toddler and newborn baby girl Maya increase the pressure of their own governments to pressure Sudan to release Meriam and the children (without any of the 100 lashes in her sentence). We must not relax until they are safely on American soil with her American husband, Daniel Wani of New Hampshire.
Daniel Wani

Daniel has stated that the Obama administration has not been helpful in his wife's case.[2] If this is true, American readers of this blog must demand that the U.S. immediately put pressure on the Sudanese government to release Meriam. According to LifeNews.com:

"Davis Christensen, the Vice President for Government Affairs, is urging Americans to contact Congress on Meriam's behalf. "Please contact your Member of Congress and urge them to support H Res. 601, introduced this week by Congressman Trent Franks of Arizona calling for the release of imprisoned Sudanese Christian Meriam Ibrahim." 

Christensen also stated, "Despite being married to an American citizen and the fact that her children are also eligible to apply for U.S. citizenship, Meriam's case has received little attention from our Department of State or the U.S. Embassy in Sudan." he told LifeNews. "That's why H. Res. 601 also calls upon this Administration to act now on behalf of Meriam and to move quickly to grant her and her children refuge in the United States."

That's what Americans can do. Canadians readers of this blog should contact their MPs and demand that the Canadian government register an official protest with Sudan of the imprisonment and sentence of torture and execution of Meriam Ibrahim and demand her immediate release unharmed.

About rumblings of her release, one of Meriam's legal team told the U.K.'s Telegraph: "This is what the government do. We will not believe that she is being freed until she walks out of the prison."[3] 

Tina Ramierez of the religious freedom group Hardwired says
campaigning for Meriam's safe release is more important now than ever and added, "It's essential that we keep the pressure up until Meriam is actually freed." I would go one step further and say we must keep the pressure up until Meriam and her children are safely in America.


[1] Mark Nicol and Kieran Corcoran, "Sudanese woman forced to give birth in shackles and held with toddler in prison "hell hole" as she awaits death sentence for refusing to drop her Christian faith will be FREED after international outcry", 01 June 2014, Mail Online. See http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2644796/Sudanese-woman-facing-barbaric-death-sentence-marrying-Christian-FREED-U-turn-authorities.html

[2] Steven Ertelt, "Meriam Ibrahim's husband pleads for suppot for his wife, Obama Admin "Not helping", 30 May 2014, LifeNews.com

[3] Harriet Alexander, "Sudanese woman Meriam Ibrahim sentenced to death for apostasy 'to be freed'", 31 May 2014, the Telegraph. See http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/sudan/10867220/Sudanese-woman-Meriam-Ibrahim-sentenced-to-death-for-apostasy-to-be-freed.html 

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